August 16, 2011 Subject:
after 5 pretty mediocre sets in a row i was hoping for something good to close the run out. we got it.
china rider is well-played with great jamming in the segue but the real shit comes down in the outro to playin into drums with a little taste of the craziness to come.
this space > other one is the hardest, trippiest GD i ever got to see. i'll never forget the lights and the screens and the band just going nuts, i thought the stage was a giant spaceship taking off over the bay (yeah i know real original). with healy fucking w bob's voice and candace's perfectly orchestrated lights the boys really kicked it into a psychedelic frenzy.
it wasn't just the typically great w coast acid from the late 80's. the band really stepped it up for the closing set and took it to another level. 5 stars.
July 27, 2011 Subject:
outstanding recording, thx Joani and Paul for the original tapes
5-star rating show and quality
April 8, 2011 Subject:
Great Transfer, Typical Average late-'80's show
This show was the best of the three and actually had some real good moments. The Greeks in '85 were my first year there and blew these shows off the map. There were some very fine moments in the late-'80's but the shows as a whole left a lot to be desired on too many nights. Minimal jamming, no power or energy, too much midi, too many covers, too many touch heads and narcs and nitrous, too many stadiums, etc. etc. As for this show, great Other One, great transfer, that's about it. And of course the historical relevance being the last show at the Greek. Which was another sad fallout from the decay of the Dead scene post-coma and post-In the Dark. Too many kids came to shows without tickets, thought they were cool, too many fake hippies, and then we get banned form the two best venues ever, the Greek and Frost. That was a major red flag the scene was really gone, even though we knew it back in '86 with the first Dylan/Dead tour.
I need to point out - the opener here is NOT "Good Times", which all of us Heads who were seeing shows in the early-80's know stands for "Good Time Blues", aka "Never Trust a Woman." Whoever listed these tracks is obviously a new wave head or maybe even a touch-era fan. The opener here is let the Good Times Roll, as lame at the show as it was here folks. I hated that as an opener, it was just so gay and silly. Give me a rocking Alabama Getaway from '83 any day.
January 19, 2011 Subject:
admittedly, the 80s Dead is my fav, never got big into the earlier stuff...but this 2nd set might be my all-time fav. In particular, the Chinacat>Rider is just magic all the way thru, with super intense transitional peak and then in Rider, how odd to hear Jerry join Bob for the last line "all my troubles away" before blowing the doors off (with help from Mickey) with his Headlight line, wow. Killer tone in particular for both guitars all the way thru, and in the last Rider solo Jerry comes out guns blazin', with just enough distortion that it feels like he's about to go supernova..
Then of course the Other One, and this unique and super-powerful version really stands out, from beginning with Phil's double-intro to the final, amazing an unexpected jam after the second verse (when this song is usually over...) Check out how the song tries to end a bit in the early going, but then each guy pushes it ahead until it grows and grows into amazing, crazy places. this is improvised rock and roll at its best. For me, the Dead doesn't get any better than this... Cheers
May 4, 2010 Subject:
Comic book colors....
Charlie Miller strikes *again* !
It's hard to believe there's a cass in this lineage...
The sound is so perfect I can almost taste it. The ">" in China Rider is most tasty....
December 26, 2009 Subject:
Standing on the edge of the last Greek shows
I was a 20something Deadhead @ the time of these last greek shows,and being an east coaster, had no idea of demand/supply issues for these shows. I thought, Hey I got 3 pair for the run in 4/88 in "Wista", so Cali Greek should be great! Bought plane tix, then got envelope and money back from GDTS (OH NO!) Went anyway...stood outside with unintiated navy friend who looked like a narc dressed as David Coverdale...no one wanted to even see my finger in the air for the Miracle that never happened..Felt like Lancelot almost seeing the Grail.
Later that night I heard some of the show on a street persons radio, and driving out of the city sometime afterwords I remember hearing the China/Rider. It is suuch a treat to find these shows on archive, and to give myself a xmas present and liten to set 2, imagining I was there...the sound of the band at this time was real tight, and getting into some crazy places when the time was right...poor Brent!!! Thank You Charlie Miller for this christmas gift!! Dig bobby's casio guit, and the great midi stuff in space...
As Ah_Um_Oh_Ah says,"I showed up today, Where were you?" on this day twenty years ago this show was played and it is one I could have attended if I had the means, unlike early 1970's stuff he usually reviews and was present at. I love it, the band may not be the whipper snappers of the 1971 runs, but its The Dead none the less, and a Cali show. They were masters and gurus until their disbanding. They made me feel a way I can only find late at night with my high dollar earphones and the IA lately. My kids, "The Grateful Who?" and my oldest 17 yrs old knows NADA ZIPPO ZILCHO of what he is missing. What's sneaking a joint without the darkstar blasting from your friends car stereo? Just kill me if u find me ripping tubes to nickelback. Not that there is anything wrong with them, Like my dad called the dead in the late 70's, its just rock and roll rubbish to me.